Yes, I too was invited by James to guest blog over here at Nourishing Obscurity. Following a suggestion given to me in an e-mail, why not venture to downtown Indianapolis, Indiana and see Monument Circle, the Statehouse, and Military Park?
Indianapolis is the capital of Indiana and is the largest city in the state. There's plenty of events going on all year long but downtown is pretty cool.
One of the first buildings you will see (if you come down from the north side) amongst the skyline is the Chase Tower (formerly Bank One). This tower can be seen in skyline postcards of Indianapolis.
Downtown is where we have our tallest buildings.
Monument Circle makes the main street, Meridian Street, into a roundabout. It is a gigantic statue devoted to fallen soldiers from the Spanish-American War of 1898 and the Civil War.
So, the last photo was of Monument Circle. Here we are standing on it, looking back at the street we were standing on when the previous photo was taken (Meridian Street).
Looking left and down you will see a fountain.
Going behind the Monument, we will find another inscription (dedicated to the soldiers who died in the Civil War). The fronstide inscription is dedicated to the fallen soldiers of the Spanish-American War of 1898 (Cuba's War of Independence).
Stepping down from the Monument, we can see a view of the fountain. Note the soldiers.
Remember the Chase Tower we saw at the very beginning? This is it from the backside.
Heading to the street to the left of the Monument, we approach the Statehouse of Indiana, where the governor works. I had the good fortune of briefly meeting him about a month ago.
Don't worry, it's normal :-) .
Ah, here we are! The Statehouse!
This is one of several offices on the main floor of the Statehouse. It's available only to authorized personnel.
Walking into the center of the main hall, we can see this gorgeous skylight which sadly didn't want to look as pretty as it does in person.
Justice and Liberty.
Here is one of the four two pairs of statues that grace this hall beneath the skylight.
Here are the others.
Agriculture and Commerce
Law and Oratory
History and Art
Here we are at Military Park, where the names (if known) of every single Medal of Honor winner, their conflicts, locations (if known), and ranks are etched into rows of glass. A few summers ago vandals came in thru here and broke one of the glass walls.
Here's an explanation of the Medal of Honor that can be found in Military Park. Simply put, the Medal of Honor is the highest medal that a member of the US armed forces can receive. I wish to apologize for the evident jerkiness of a few of these photos. I stitched them together earlier today (all of these photos were taken in 2005).
Every wall has its conflict labeled. For example, here is the wall for unknown soldiers. Some conflicts contain several walls of recipients.
Here is one of their walls.
These are some of the armed service members who died in our conquest of the West against the Indians.
Paul Smith was the first soldier to be awarded the Medal of Honor since Somalia. He died in the Battle of Baghdad during Operation: Iraqi Freedom. You all can look up his amazing story on the Internet, a true soldier indeed.
The canal that runs beside Military Park is popular with musicians, on occasion.
Note the fog's effects of obscuring the Chase Tower (in the middle of the picture).
The canal runs back to the city's very center.
Now, we'll go briefly to a suburb of Indianapolis where we'll find a forest.
I leave you all looking at this creek, near the forest. I hope you enjoyed the tour!